I can't vouch for the authenticity of the person who sent out the following email nor am I able to verify his claims with regard to Target Stores' charitable donation policy. But because Target has proven itself in the past to be a corporation that defies the holiday spirit and would deny the most cherished of traditional American institutions - donations for the poor - I have no difficulty believing this to be true
Dick Forrey of the Vietnam Veterans Association writes:
Recently we asked the local TARGET store to be a proud sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event. We received the following reply from the local TARGET management: "Veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay &lesbian causes, and education." So I'm thinking, if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general do not meet their donation criteria, then something is really wrong at this TARGET store. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, just a small sponsorship for a memorial remembrance.As to that last point, I think I read somewhere that Target is, in fact, an American company. Which makes all this that much worse.
As a follow-up, I e-mailed the TARGET U.S. corporate headquarters and their response was the same. That's their national policy. Then I looked into the company further. They will not allow the Marines to collect for Toys for Tots at any of their stores. And during the recent Iraq deployment, they would not allow families of employees who were called up for active duty to continue their insurance coverage while they were on military service.
Then as I dig further, TARGET is a French-owned corporation.
I am now into my second year of boycotting Target, after the corporate leadership decided Salvation Army bellringers couldn't stand outside their stores in the cold and collect donations for the poor. I intend to continue my boycott until they relent.
In any case, what's up with these people?